We have seen many incredible cameras this week, but Zeiss has published a surprise article that is certainly one of the most interesting: a full-frame camera with fixed lens and integrated Adobe Lightroom.
The camera is oriented towards Sony’s RX1 and Leicas Q, which are fundamentally very original. You can not change the purpose of the 35mm f / 2.0 mount, but you get a normal size sensor in a relatively small (but not quite) housing.
The Zeiss ZX1 plays even more at the fancy aspect. It has 512 GB of built-in memory, so you do not even need an SD card (you do not even know if the camera accepts SD cards), and the controls seem pretty small. Among the pictures we have seen, there are dials on the top to control the ISO and shutter speed, as well as a manual aperture ring on the lens. It just seems to be a physical button on the back.
Instead, the remaining controls appear to be configured on the 4.3-inch touch screen. There you can also edit your photos with Lightroom. The camera supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB-C connections. So there are several ways to make the photos useful too.
It seems that Zeiss has basically built on the back of the camera a small and very individual Android tablet capable of running the mobile version of Lightroom. The Lightroom mobile app is actually very good. And although I’m not sure if you want to use it just to retouch your photos, it’s a nice and surprising thing on the back of your camera. The fact that your photos sync directly to Lightroom on the desktop is also very good.
This is a surprising announcement from Zeiss. Zeiss is widely recognized for its exceptional camera lenses, but the company does not use digital cameras. And the name and press release indicate that the ZX1 will not be unique. Zeiss says that the sensor in the house has been custom designed; The camera also has a new purpose.
Zeiss calls this a “camera concept”, but the camera seems to be very real. It should arrive early 2019 on the market. Prices are not known yet, but you can bet it will be expensive. Comparable cameras cost $ 3,000 or more.